Join the Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association
Established in 2018, the Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (APASA) is a network of scholars, service providers, instructors, plain people, and others interested in the study of the Amish and plain Anabaptists. The goal of APASA is to provide a supportive context for plain Anabaptist research.
Membership is on a calendar year basis from January 1 to December 31. New members may enroll at anytime and receive both issues of JAPAS and all other benefits through the remainder of the year. If joining after October 1 but before the new year, your membership will begin immediately but apply to the next year. The current year's issues of JAPAS must be ordered separately.
Membership in APASA includes the following benefits:
- Subscription to the APASA email list, which alerts members to new publications, upcoming events, calls for papers, and more. Posts are made several times a week making this an outstanding platform to keep abreast of the latest issues for plain Anabaptists.
- Invitation to participate at the annual conference
- Admission to our bi-monthly conversation-oriented speaker series, APASA Cafe
- Reduced rate on a print subscription to the association’s journal
- Affiliation with a collegiate group of scholars interested in collaborations, support for one another’s work, and advancements in knowledge.
Subscription to JAPAS
JAPAS is released twice a year. APASA members can choose to receive a hardcopy subscription for a reduced rate or order copies individually.
Annual APASA Mini-Conference
The annual APASA mini-conference is held either independently or in conjunction with another conference. APASA members may submit proposals for a paper presentation or poster for the annual mini-conference.
Meeting fees vary depending on venue and agreements with any umbrella sponsoring conferences. We work to keep costs affordable. Proposals and abstracts should be submitted to the APASA review committee. If applicable, accepted abstracts will then be submitted to the umbrella professional organization .
APASA Announcements Listserv Subscription
The announcements listserv helps APASA members keep up with developments in plain Anabaptist studies, from new publications to professional news and from calls for papers and proposals to newspaper articles about plain people. The moderator posts items, while subscribers help keep content fresh by submitting items of interest. This format functions as something between a listserv—where anyone can post anything without organization—and a newsletter—which is a lot of organized information coming out occasionally and sometimes too late.
Items are posted several times a week and is a convenient way to keep up with what's going on among the plain people. The listserv categories include:
- [Publication]—Publication alerts: new issues of the Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies, new articles and special issues in other journals, new theses / dissertations, and new books
- [Conference]—Upcoming conferences: conferences pertaining to or including special sessions about plain Anabaptists
- [Event]—Upcoming events: public talks, banquets, etc.
- [Call for papers]—Calls for papers: edited books, journals, conferences, or conference sessions
- [Call for proposals]—Calls for grant proposals
- [Professional news]—Membership news: changes of affiliations, promotions, career milestones, grants, and awards
- [Newsletter]—Newsletter releases: newsletters from institutions that are involved in Amish / plain Anabaptist studies
- [News]—Newspaper articles: select newspaper articles of broad interest
Contribute to JAPAS
JAPAS is a member-supported publication. A portion of your membership fee goes toward supporting the journal. Members are also the first line of contacts for book reviews and peer reviews.
The APASA Cafe is held every other month on fourth Fridays at 12pm EST; all APASA members are welcome to join in. Speakers include both invited guests and APASA members presenting their research and other projects. Half of the time is devoted to engaging the audience's questions and comments. Cafe talks are held on Zoom with an option to call in for those members who have limited internet access.
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